The Ensure implant was marketed as a permanent birth control device by the Bayer company. More than 16,000 U.S. women are suing Bayer over the Essure implant device. The Food and Drug Administration has placed multiple restrictions on the Essure device following patient reports of pain, bleeding, allergic reactions and cases where the implant punctured the uterus or shifted out of place. After thousands of injury reports from women, and repeated safety restrictions by regulators, Bayer has announced that it will stop selling the Essure device in the U.S. Last year, Bayer stopped selling the device in Europe. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2018/07/20/sales-of-essure-birth-control-implant Injuries associated with Essure include: • Bleeding • Abdominal pain and cramping • Chronic pelvic pain • Implant migration • Perforation/tearing of the uterus or fallopian tubes • Back, joint or muscle pain • Muscle weakness • Unintended pregnancy, miscarriage, fetal death • Surgeries to treat the complications The FDA has posted Essure information on its website: https://www.fda.gov/medicaldevices/productsandmedicalprocedures/implantsandprosthetics/essurepermanentbirthcontrol/ucm452254.htm What should you do if you are having problems caused by the Essure device? The Mayo Clinic recommends that you talk with your doctor about your options if you have persistent pain or other symptoms that you think might be related to the Essure device, and advises that removing the Essure device may require surgery, which poses certain health risks. https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/contraceptive-implant/expert-answers/essure-discontinued/faq-20436674 If you or a loved one has been harmed by an Essure device, contact us. We may be able to help.
Monthly Archives: November 2018
Food Safety Alert: What you need to know about the current E.coli outbreak
What actions do you need to take to avoid an E.coli infection? The U.S. Center for Disease Control has advised that U.S. consumers not eat any romaine lettuce, and retailers and restaurants not serve or sell romaine lettuce, until more is learned about the outbreak. Also, drawers or shelves in refrigerators where romaine was stored should be washed and sanitized. https://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2018/o157h7-11-18/index.html • Consumers who have any type of romaine lettuce in their home should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick. • If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine or whether a salad mix contains romaine, do not eat it and throw it away. • Wash and sanitize drawers or shelves in refrigerators where romaine was stored. Follow these five steps to clean your refrigerator. • Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell any romaine lettuce, including salads and salad mixes containing romaine. Take action if you have symptoms of an E. coli infection: • Talk to your healthcare provider • Write down what you ate in the week before you started to get sick • Report your illness to the health department • Assist public health investigators by answering their questions. How many have become ill from this E.coli outbreak? At least 32 people have become seriously ill due to the latest E. coli outbreak. Epidemiologic evidence from the United States and Canada indicates that romaine lettuce is a likely source […]
Asleep at the Wheel — The Dangers of Driver Fatigue and how to Prevent it
How serious a problem is driver fatigue? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, every year about 100,000 police-reported crashes involve drowsy driving. These crashes result in more than 1,550 fatalities and 71,000 injuries. The real number may be much higher, however, as it is difficult to determine whether a driver was drowsy at the time of a crash. https://www.nsc.org/road-safety/safety-topics/fatigued-driving A study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety estimated that 328,000 drowsy driving crashes occur annually. That’s more than three times the police-reported number. The same study found that 109,000 of those drowsy driving crashes resulted in an injury and about 6,400 were fatal. The researchers suggest the prevalence of drowsy driving fatalities is more than 350% greater than reported. http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.684.6347&rep=rep1&type=pdf How does fatigue affect drivers? • slower reaction time • impaired judgment and vision • decline in attention to important signs, road changes and the actions of other vehicles • decreased alertness, preventing you from seeing an obstacle and avoiding a crash • increased moodiness and aggressive behavior • problems with processing information and short-term memory http://drowsydriving.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/Key-Messages-and-Talking-Points.pdf When do crashes due to fatigue occur? Most drowsy driving crashes happen between midnight and 6:00 a.m., when the body’s need for sleep is greatest, and in the mid-afternoon (during the circadian dip). • The driver is alone and more likely to be male. Drivers who drive alone or have no one to help them watch for the signs of fatigue are at higher risk. • Sleep-related crashes tend to […]